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Jr. Owls' hoopsters remain unbeaten


Fly, Owls, fly.

The Rainy River Owls' junior girls' basketball team is off to a fantastic start this NorWOSSA 'A' season, winning each of their first four games to sit with a perfect 4-0 record.

Even more impressive is the fact all four games were on the road.

Rainy River cruised to a 43-12 rout of the host Red Lake Rams last Wednesday before earning a 38-29 victory over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in Kenora the following day.

“We stuck to our game plan,” Owls' head coach Corey Smith replied when asked what were the biggest keys to success against the Rams and Saints.

“Everyone played really well," he lauded. ”The stats are very balanced and we don't really have any stand-out performances.

“The team plays unselfish basketball.”

Kirsten Armstrong and Katelyn Brown led the Owls' offensively versus Red Lake, with both recording 10-point performances.

Then against the Saints, Brown netted a team-high 14 points, along with five rebounds, while Micaela Jolicouer added four points and 17 boards.

Naomi Carradice sank three points while recording a whopping 19 rebounds.

“Still [not] hitting open lay-ups and turnovers were also an issue against St. Thomas Aquinas on Day 2,” Smith admitted.

He added his squad would be working this week on “lay-ups, covering the perimeter when in our zone defence, and buttoning up our press.”

The Owls were slated to host the Rams today before ending their season with three more home games.

Smith feels it should bode well for the health and performance of his players.

“Definitely," he remarked. "We haven't played a home game yet so the kids are excited to get some fan support at home.”

As for the senior squad, they saw some mixed results in their road games versus the Rams and Saints last week.

They began last week with a 24-19 win over the Rams on Wednesday but then were routed 50-29 by the Saints the following day to suffer their first loss of the season (3-1).

Aynsley Williams scored a team-high nine points for the Owls against the Rams while top scorers in the loss to the Saints weren't known.

The seniors also will end the regular season with four-straight home games, and will look to get back on track today against the visiting Rams.

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